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How I Earned Nearly $200 from Google Opinion Rewards Surveys

Take Google Opinion Rewards surveys for money

I earned nearly $200 by taking surveys with Google Opinion Rewards, and in this blog post, I’m going to show you how you can too.

What Is Google Opinion Rewards?

If you’re not familiar, Google Opinion Rewards is an app for both iOS and Android that pays you to take surveys.

You’ll earn anywhere from 10 cents all the way up to a dollar for each survey that you take.

At least in the United States, if you have an iPhone or iPad, you can cash out on your earnings via PayPal and get cold hard cash, but on Android devices, you only have the option to use your earnings in the Google Play store to buy games, apps, movies, and books.

There are many different types of surveys that you’ll get.

Some  surveys have you to watch a video and get your opinion about it, and others will ask you about your Google search history.

Since buying a Google TV and a Google Nest Mini last year, I’ve also been getting a variety of surveys that ask me my opinion about these products, so this is definitely Google doing some consumer research on ways to improve its products.

How to Get More Google Opinion Rewards Surveys

One problem with Google Opinion Rewards is that you have no control over how many surveys you get.

Here are a few tips on how to get more surveys from Google.

1. Turn On Location History

Something that I think helps is turning on your Google Location History because as you can see in the screenshot below, Google Opinion Rewards uses your location to ask you about places you have visited, helping you earn more rewards.

Google Location History setting in the Opinion Rewards app
Make sure you turn on Location History to maximize surveys.

I’ve certainly seen this in the past where I get surveys asking me “Which of the following places have you visited recently” and usually I was at one of the places the day before.

These types of surveys also ask you to take a picture of your receipt if you have it and by doing so will earn you more whereas if you haven’t been to any of the places, you’ll usually just get $0.10.

2. Fill Out Your Profile

One other thing that I think will also help you get more surveys is to accurately fill out your profile in the settings so that the surveyors can better target your demographics.

As can be seen in the above screenshot, this includes your age, gender, location, and language.

How Much Can You Earn with Google Opinion Rewards?

I earned over $185 from taking 662 surveys all the way back to May of 2014.

This averages out so that each survey earned me approximately $0.28 and I’d say on average each survey takes anywhere 15 to 45 seconds to complete, so projecting that out, that’s like earning well over $20 an hour for the time you take to do the surveys.

Now because I’m a nerd when it comes to this stuff, what I did was imported all of my survey data into a spreadsheet and created a histogram to see the distribution of the survey earnings.

Surveys from Google Opinion Rewards will most commonly earn you $0.10, but this goes all the way up to $1.00.

As you can see, the vast majority of the surveys will earn you $0.10 while the probability that a survey will earn you more than that decreases as you approach $1, but notice how I’ve seen a decent amount of surveys that have paid me $1 each which as you would imagine are the holy grail of this app.

Something else I did was plot my cumulative earnings over time and as you can see in this chart, I was out of the country here in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and as a result I did not receive any surveys during these times.

My cumulative earnings over the course of 6 years with Google Opinion Rewards.

This comes back to the fact that if you want to ensure that you get more surveys, you need to make sure you have your location history enabled in the app settings.

Thrifty Tony

Thrifty Tony

Tony approaches most things in life with a budget-conscious mindset while at the same time maximizing investments which results in an ideal balance between spending and saving. And of course he enjoys free things and bonuses every now and then.